Two Indicted On Manslaughter

Drivers Charged With Passengers' Deathsin Separate Auto Accidents

April 16, 1991|By Staff report

A county grand jury indicted two men yesterday on automobile manslaughter charges in connection with unrelated fatal accidents.

Jason Grant Zerr, 19, of the 8300 block of Williamstowne Drive, Millersville, and Robert Eugene Wilkerson, 52, of the 6800 block of Wilson Road,Friendship, both were indicted for accidents police say involved alcohol.

County State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said Zerr was driving a 1991 Hyundai southbound on Shetlands Lane near Old Mill High School in Millersville at about 12:45 a.m. Feb. 24 when he failed to negotiate a curve. The car jumped a curb and hit a tree head-on, instantly killing 16-year-old Amy Riedel of the 6300 block of Smithy Square, Glen Burnie, the prosecutor said.

Zerr and another passenger, 20-year-old Robert Loring, were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Centerat University Hospital in Baltimore for treatment after the accident.

Weathersbee said Zerr was driving "well in excess" of the postedspeed limit of 25 mph when the crash occurred. Zerr also was indicted for driving under the influence of alcohol, Weathersbee said.

Wilkerson was driving a 1975 Lincoln that left Fairhaven Road and hit aboat and several boat trailers and slammed into a tree about 10 p.m.Feb. 23, Weathersbee said. The only passenger in the car, James Pinkney, 45, also of Wilson Road, died March 11 at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

In a six-count indictment, Wilkerson was also charged with homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated and drunken driving,Weathersbee said.

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